Originally Posted by MTT
So true Supercross racing ski's are GS Construction but not FIS legal? (And not available off the rack in any ski shop)
No, they are, as logruve (and me) said, true "gs skis with cross graphics".
It has been so since the beginning of skicross racing. I had (actually still have as my rock skis, incredible durability) a pair from the first Head factory series (24 pairs) of "skicross" skis from 4 years ago. It had the Mad_Trix graphics but was the standard sandwich GS ski (the last year before the "i" appeared).
While I agree that some ski descriptions presenting FIS non-legal skis as "genuine worldcup machines" or some skicross skis as "genuine skicross weapon of our team" actually are desinformation I don´t see why 185-195 cm skicross skis should be available in shops for people who hardly ever see a skicross race, let alone participate in one.
Btw, there might (?) be an exception: Dynastar Skicross Pro is basically the same ski as the sandwich FIS-legal Course Pro but with a different plate.
Originally Posted by logruve
the cross segment for consumers was very successfull for most every company but look for it to be going away (remamed and repositioned) in the next couple of years.
Interesting but not so surprising. The association with skicross races got lost and the races seem to remain a discipline with limited impact (the participation in the Olympics could change things some). Considering the ever-present urge and pressure to supply the market with innovations, the growing popularity of wider, more versatile skis even in Europe and the almost complete disappearance of true race skis from the collections of most manufacturers (etc., the list of possible reasons is by far not complete) I really would expect some renaming and repositioning.
Mark, is there more you could say about this future trend?